Monday, June 11, 2012

Friends & Family Fun

We spent the last 10 days having fun in and around the Chicago area.  First we visited our daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Brad and adorable 17-month old son, Luke.

We got plenty of hands-on hugs and kisses grandparent time as well as some long walks admiring the city and we visited a first-rate farmer's market in Lincoln Park along the lake front.

Next we visited long-time friends Dale &  Deb Wiegand who spend summers in Antioch, IL and winter in Florida. 

Next we went to visit our son, Scott, in the northwest suburbs and the visit included a trip on the Fox River and an overnight in an old B&B dating from 1893 on Fox Lake called The Roxana.  Charming place.  It was like stepping back in time. 

This morning we got an early departure around 5:30 and drove about 540 miles in 10 hours to Brandon, South Dakota.  We drove across northern Illinois, across all of southern Minnesota and then on into SD.  Since most of the trip covered new roads for both of us, the 10 hours really went quickly.  An interesting discovery.  When we had the motorhome we experienced a noticeable drop in MPG when driving into the wind.  Same thing with a truck.  We were facing winds of at least 20 to 25 MPH and suffered a decrease in 3 MPG because of the wind for the last 100 miles or so. 

Tomorrow we will drive to the Badlands National Park where we will stay in the park at Cedar Pass Lodge 

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